|Wolverhampton, however, unusually for a town, does not lie on a major
watercourse. There is
only the Puddle Brook which runs along the southern edge of the
It is hoped that future
work in the town will help to refine and verify the town plans.
Hence the plans as presented here would show Wolverhampton and
Walsall as a similar size, both around 22ha (54 acres) in area.
However, Wolverhampton was throughout the medieval period
a considerably more important settlement than Walsall and it may
be that the settlement area for Wolverhampton will need to be
increased. Nor has
any attempt been made to distinguish phases of growth as Baker
has done previously for Walsall.
Increased knowledge is likely to come from two sources: analysis of the
documentary record and archaeological work.
Although both towns have lost early deposits over large
areas through later development there is still potential for
archaeological investigation. Little
archaeological excavation has been carried out in the past and,
hence, even a small area of surviving deposits may tell us a
great deal. Work
over the past 12 months has emphasized the potential.
Trial trenching in Wolverhampton on the site of the 'Old
Hall', a medieval moated site on the edge of the town, has
confirmed the survival of the moat ditch in one area.
In Walsall an evaluation at Ablewell Street revealed
large areas of later disturbance but small islands of
preservation, and two potentially early features – a ?hearth and
a well, did survive.
It is hoped that a watching brief during development will reveal
further features and provide dating evidence.
Hence the plans shown here are not the final story but they do provide a
basis for defining future archaeological work which will in turn
lead to the refinement and verification of the plans, while the
flexibility provided by the computerised mapping system ensures
that the plans can be easily amended as new information comes
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The Archaeology of Wolverhampton
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